'The FAI Cup is a big deal for us' - St Patrick's Athletic goalkeeper Barry Murphy

The penalty shoot-out hero has suggested that the Saints will invest all their energy into lifting the FAI Cup this season, given that 'time is running out' in the league
St Patrick's Athletic goalkeeper Barry Murphy has said that he believes the Saints can 'go all the way' in the FAI Cup this season after they managed to overcome Drogheda United on penalties in the quarter finals.

Murphy managed to save three penalties which ensured a semi-final meeting with Dundalk at Oriel Park and the goalkeeper suggested that the club can triumph in the competition.

"I think we are a cup team at the moment, we've been strong in the cup competitions this season and hopefully we can go all the way," Murphy told the Evening Herald after his quarter-final heroics.

"This year maybe we can win the Cup and next year talk about the league but for now we're just delighted to be in the semis."

The Saints last won the FAI Cup in 1961 and the 27-year-old said that the players were well aware of the club's history in the competition. Indeed, he acknowledged that 'time is running out' in the league, so the FAI Cup represents 'a big deal'.

"As a club we have come really far this season," he said. "We have done well in the league and now we're in the last four of the Cup.

"Time is running out in the league as we only have a few games left and we have some catching up to do, so the FAI Cup is a big deal for us," concluded Murphy.

St Patrick's Athletic travel to Oriel Park to face Dundalk in the semi-final of the FAI Cup on Sunday October 7.